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The School District of Washington's WINGS Educational Foundation will induct its eighth class to the Hall of Honor on Thursday, Sept. 15.

The WINGS Hall of Honor was formed to recognize alumni, community contributors and educators who have shown exceptional personal, community or professional achievement.

The 2016 inductees are Jim Gephardt, who will receive the Educator Award; Steven Minning, who will receive the Alumni Award; and James P. Jackson, who will receive the Community Contributor Award.

A formal dinner to honor the recipients will be held at SFB Jesuit Hall. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m.

Tickets are $50 per person with tables of eight available. Reservations may be made by mailing a check payable to WINGS Educational Foundation, Hall of Honor, P.O. Box 203, Washington, MO 63090.

The deadline to make reservations is Thursday, Sept. 1.

Click on the attached link below to see the Washington Missourian’s story on the 2016 WINGS Hall of Honor inductees.



Washington High School will hold a theatre boot camp on Monday, Aug. 29, at the CJB Auditorium on the WHS campus from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

The free camp is open to students currently in grades 9-12.

There will be stations for acting, dancing, singing and technical (sound, lights, set). Refreshments will be available.

Click the attached link below to see the flyer for the WHS Theatre Boot Camp.
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Taking the newest CAPS course, called Ignite, is a challenging and exciting time for a group of approximately 15 students from Washington High School.

The course is in the Business/Entrepreneurship strand and will provide a unique opportunity for students. The experience is focused on business innovation.  

The course is grounded in design thinking as students learn foundational skills in the area of business when starting a company. Students will engage with real professionals in the field throughout the process.

“We will be soliciting the help of local business partners to share concepts of teamwork, project development, and management,” said School District of Washington Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer. “Students will have ample opportunities to pitch their ideas in order to develop their skills and talents while inventing their own career opportunities.”

Additionally, the students also will assist in the process of classroom design as space at Four Rivers Career Center is remodeled for the purposes of creating workspace for the programs. 

“It’s a great idea because there’s nothing else like it. There’s no other class you can take that actually gives you real life experiences. With this, you actually get professional experience,” said Washington High School senior Molly Landolt. “I’m interested in advertising and marketing, so learning those skills and doing internships with businesses, interacting with business people, would be a good opportunity for me. I’m looking forward to getting real life experience in the business world.”

CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) is a nationally recognized, innovative high school program. Students fast forward into their future and are fully immersed in a professional culture, solving real world problems, using industry standard tools and are mentored by actual employers, all while receiving high school and college credit.

This is the second CAPS course to emerge as part of the school district’s Advanced Professional Studies option. The Teaching Careers course was the first. 

“It’s good because it gives the students more options and more paths to take when considering their future,” said WHS junior Conlan Jarvis. “By taking this class, I hope to get more experience business wise. I want to learn the basics and get as much knowledge as I can about business.”

Cathy Jinkerson is the instructor of the Ignite course. For the first week of the school year, the group met at Exit 11 Workspace  in Washington. Owner Angela Garland spoke to the class about her business experiences during that time. From here on out, students will be visiting various businesses and meet for class at the Four Rivers Career Center.

“I want to go into the graphic design or multi-media fields. This class will give me an opportunity to work with businesses and help design things for them. I love to design ads, logos, brochures, things like that,” said WHS senior Taylor Hanneken. “It’s a neat opportunity to work with businesses. We’ll be getting opportunities to shadow different businesses, so maybe I’ll like something else that I can pursue. It’s just a really cool idea.”

CAPS courses are among three choice programs for students seeking this type of experience. 

Choice programs include: 

*Career and Technology courses offered at Four Rivers Career Center;

*Project Lead the Way courses in the areas of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering offered at Washington High School; and 

*Advanced Professional Studies or CAPS courses in the area of Teaching Careers and Entrepreneurship (Ignite) offered at FRCC or off-site as projects demand.

“We have listened to students, and overwhelmingly, they have expressed a sincere interest in career exploration and more creative ways to learn. This course helps them test drive their future,” VanLeer said. “The immersion of real-world projects as well as authentic connections with business professionals makes this course meaningful. We look forward to watching the students evolve and learn over the course of the school year.”

The students are eager to dive into their projects.

“It sounds really interesting. I want to learn the basics of business and maybe one day start my own business,” Jarvis said.

“With it being a new class, it’s a really good opportunity. It’s a good way for me to get better with my business skills,” Landolt added.

“The class is a different atmosphere than what we’re used to. I really love that,” Hanneken said. “You’re treated like an adult. You’re on your own. It’s not a set schedule. You never know what the day will bring. That’s exciting.”

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CAPS Ignite Students

Front row, from left, are Molly Landolt, Calvin Obermark, Connor Lewis, Ian Dotson, Taylor Hanneken and Sara Hamer.

Back row, from left, are Paige Nye, Kailey Robinson, Emily Hopkins, Morgan Holdmeyer, Nichole Brinker, Cassidy Nurnberger, Reese Mauro and Conlan Jarvis

Not Pictured is Parker Nye.

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CAPS Ignite Students, Staff

Front row, from left, are Four Rivers Career Center Director Andy Robinson, Molly Landolt, Calvin Obermark, Connor Lewis, Ian Dotson, Taylor Hanneken and Sara Hamer.

Back row, from left, are Ignite Instructor Cathy Jinkerson, Paige Nye, Kailey Robinson, Emily Hopkins, Morgan Holdmeyer, Nichole Brinker, Cassidy Nurnberger, Reese Mauro, Conlan Jarvis, School District of Washington Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and Exit 11 Workspace Owner Angela Garland.

Not Pictured is Parker Nye.

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Exit 11 Workspace Owner Angela Garland speaks to students.

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Exit 11 Workspace Owner Angela Garland speaks to students.



The School District of Washington held an opening ceremony for all staff members Friday, Aug. 12, at the C.J. Burger Theater at Washington High School.

Students returned to the classroom for the 2016-17 school year on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

The theme of the opening ceremony was, “Together We Rise,” emphasizing the ability of taking risks.
Following the theme, some staff members showed off their talents with various singing, dancing and musical performances during the ceremony. See the photos below.

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer gave her annual back to school message to the staff. The district employs over 700 teachers and staff members.

A WINGS staff appreciation picnic was held following the program at the city park.

Additionally, Chris Arnold, instruction support paraprofessional at Washington Middle School, was named the WINGS 2016 Support Staff Person of the Year. See the photo below.

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Chris Arnold, middle, was named the WINGS 2016 Support Staff Person of the Year. Front row, from left, are Janie Chalem (WINGS), Arnold and Carol Zanin (WINGS). Back row, from left, are  Laura Bruckerhoff (Washington Middle School Associate Principal) and Lori Strubberg (WINGS).

(Washington Missourian Photo).

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School District of Washington Faculty/Staff Choir

(Washington Missourian Photo).

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Swing dancing by Assistant Superintendent Dr. Judy Straatmann and Four Rivers Career Center Automotive Technology instructor Dan Brinkmann.

(Washington Missourian Photo).

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Orchestra instructor Meghan Brueggemann plays the violin

(Washington Missourian Photo).

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School District of Washington Synchronized Swimming Team

(Washington Missourian Photo).

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School District of Washington Synchronized Swimming Team

(Washington Missourian Photo).


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District Calendar

Today: 8/29/16

Early Release Days

The next Early Release Day is Wednesday, August 31. All students will be released (1) hour early. Click here for Early Release Day schedules and procedures.

Immunization for 8th and 12th Grade Students Required For 2016-17

There are new immunization requirements that have been put in place for incoming 8th graders and 12th graders. The Meningococcal vaccine (Menectra) is now a requirement for these age groups. Please make plans to have your child immunized before the start of the 2016-17 school year. Click here for more details.

CAPS/Pathways to Prosperity

The School District of Washington’s CAPS/Pathways to Prosperity Planning Teams continue to make progress toward moving the program forward. Click here for more information.

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